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Employment History

Founder

Diversity Counseling Services

Education

M.A.

master's degree
applied behavioral science
Whitworth College

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Diversity Counseling Services - Our Services

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"Everyone's life makes sense," says DCS founder Helen Bonser. "We can outshine our limitations and labels. We all deserve and have a right to feel comfortable and safe in our own worlds. To Helen, humor and joy are precious and should be part of our daily lives.

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As a counselor, Helen employs an active style, mixing a variety of theories and healing modalities to help clients identify options, receive support and encouragement, and learn to use insights to develop strategies for healthier living.
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"Everyone's life makes sense," says DCS founder Helen Bonser. "We can outshine our limitations and labels. We all deserve and have a right to feel comfortable and safe in our own worlds. To Helen, humor and joy are precious and should be part of our daily lives.
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As a counselor, Helen employs an active style, mixing a variety of theories and healing modalities to help clients identify options, receive support and encouragement, and learn to use insights to develop strategies for healthier living.
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Helen Bonser frequently facilitates the following:
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Helen Bonser, M.A., L.M.H.C., is a Washington State certified Cross-Cultural Trainer. She has conducted workshops and trainings for helping professionals statewide to increase awareness and skills in working effectively with minority populations.
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Helen Bonser has developed a variety of talks, now ready for face-to-face presentation to your group or organization, soon to be available for purchase on disk or downloadable here. Topics include: "For Thine Own sake: Be Real! "Psychotherapy & Spirituality" "Family of Origin in the Workplace (or How We Take Our Original Families to Work with Us)" "The Wheel of Balance: Self, Activities, Relationships" "The Path to Integrity: How to Identify and Live By Your Values" "From Fear to Love: The Journey"
Bibliotherapy
"Books, articles and audiovisual materials can help you understand your needs and the changes you may wish to make to improve your quality of life," says Helen who regularly recommends these resources to facilitate personal growth and emotional health.


About Diversity Counseling Services

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Helen Bonser Helen Bonser comes from a line of farmers and educators, a background that nourished a love of nature and a passion for lifelong learning.

She began her professional life as a special education teacher, working primarily with emotionally disturbed and learning disabled middle school students. After moving to Spokane in 1975, she took a job in outreach services at Spokane Public Library, a role that again brought her in close contact with "special" populations - the poor, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and the advanced elderly.
Special. "I love that word," says Helen, whose early exposure to family members with serious mental illnesses "made me somebody who loves and cares for people other people might not choose to love or care for."
Helen found her true vocation shortly after earning her master's degree in applied behavioral science from Whitworth College in 1985. A contract counseling stint at the YWCA produced a string of self-referred clients, and her private practice took root. She's been counseling individuals, couples and families from all walks of life for 22 years.
Beyond her therapy work, Helen is a proud activist, "half warrior, half mother," she declares. She fought for civil rights in the '50s and '60s and for women's rights in the '70s. Just when she thought her activism days were over, her daughter came out as a lesbian in the '80s. Helen learned what she needed to know and soon became one of Spokane's strongest voices for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.


Diversity Counseling Services

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Helen Bonser, M.A., L.M.H.C.


Diversity Counseling Services - Workshops

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Helen Bonser

Helen Bonser, M.A., L.M.H.C., is a Washington State certified Cross-Cultural Trainer. She has conducted workshops and trainings for helping professionals statewide to increase awareness and skills in working effectively with minority populations.
Helen Bonser presents the following Trainings to organizations and agencies:

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